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Janet Ami Husunukpe


I am a PhD student in Urban and Regional Planning

Research Interests

Urban development; feminist methods; Afro-feminisms; transnational migration; urban informality; Feminist political economy

Research Description

My research focuses on the intersection of transnational migration, market dynamics, and urban development, particularly in housing access and land commodification. Specifically, I adopt an African feminist perspective to analyze the impact of transnational migration on Accra's urbanization, specifically within the framework of the "Year of Return" initiative.  I pay attention to how developers, financiers, state agencies, planners, and other actors in the built environment lubricate transnational investment, and what the implications are for marginalized groups in the city.


Ph.D. Regional Planning, UIUC - May, 2026

GRID Minor, UIUC-  May, 2023

Master of Architecture KNUST, Ghana- 2018

Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Architecture, KNUST, Ghana- 2016

Awards and Honors

IGI Language Fellowship, UIUC - 2021

Global South Language Fellowship, UIUC- 2020

Merit-Based Entrance Scholarship,  (UIUC)-  2018

Award for Highest Cumulative Weighted Average (KNUST)- 2018

Award for Best Afrocentric Design Thesis (KNUST)- 2018

Additional Campus Affiliations

Center for Global Studies

Center for African Studies